Nature Adventure Day Camp

Ages 6 to 12

St Edward State Park, Cougar Mountain Park, Seward Park, Tolt MacDonald Park, Carnation Farms

Includes T-shirt

Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

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“Our son has had a a phenomenal experience with Wilderness Awareness camps. He comes home dirty, tired and with bits of knowledge about the outdoors that he loves to share with us. I’ve noticed an increased desire to spend time outside since he’s started attending these camps. The program is well run and organized, we can’t recommend it enough.”

Mother of 7 year old camper

“5th year in a row between my 2 kids. We love it! A must do every year. They love the park, leaders, games, and facts they walk away with. Love the teamwork involved!”

– Runjenrun, parent of camper

“My child had a wonderful time at camp. He loves learning about nature–he came home brimming with knowledge to share with us! The adults leading the camp were knowledgeable and caring. My son can’t wait to do Nature Adventure Camp again next year!”

– Molly W. (Mother of camper)

“My girls (9&5) fell in love with this camp! We have attended multiple camps this summer and those previous and this one definitely takes the cake. They were both excited to get out of bed in the morning, which we know doesn’t happen often. They learned so much about plants, animals and bugs. The instructors were funny, friendly and full of knowledge. We will be there next year!! I highly recommend for ANY and EVERY child.”

– Mother of campers

“My kiddo had a fantastic time. If she could have stayed in camp for two or three or ten weeks she would have.”

– Jenny T. (Mother of 7-year-old camper)

“My child discovered courage and resilience while spending time with skilled mentors and new friends in the outdoors this summer. Picking him up each day, he was joyful and at peace. After the great experience we had, we are continuing his adventure in the year-long program.”

– Jessica (Mother of 7-year-old camper)

“This is our third time back to Nature Awareness Camp, second for my little 6 yo twins. They have so much fun they don’t realize how much they also learn! This is our go to camp every year and as soon as the week is over they want to know when they’re coming back!”

– Jamie, Mother of 6-year-old twins

Your child will have an unforgettable week in nature at our flagship summer camp! Nature Adventure Camp is centered around passion-based play, gaining an introduction to naturalist skills, exploration through curiosity, and forming life-long relationships with the natural world. Each week of camp is unique, and many campers return year after year or attend multiple weeks in one summer!

Campers will thrive under the care of our instructors, who are trained in the art of Coyote Mentoring. Unlike didactic and structured curricula, instructors make use of emergent opportunities for learning in a free and fun way while meeting kids where they’re at in the moment.

Nature adventurers will discover mammals, birds, bugs, reptiles, and plants through hands-on activities, storytelling, and songs.

ParentMap’s best nature camp nine years in a row!

Your child will enjoy:

  • Hands-on exploration of their environment
  • Exciting nature games, storytelling, and songs
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Discovering mud, bugs, water, plants, and animals
  • Learning about wild edible plants
  • Creative and imaginative play
  • Incredible adventures!

A peek at the week

Mondays: Core Routines and Inspiration
Activity examples: Sit Spot introduction, group wander, getting to know the space and each other, Owl Eyes, Deer Ears, or Fox Walking

Tuesdays: Mammals and Tracking
Activity examples: Animal forms, track journaling, wildlife tracking 101, field guide activities, or “who lives here” game

Wednesdays: Wild Plants
Activity examples: Foraging, plant wander, journaling, field guides, “meet a tree” game, or scavenger hunts

Thursdays: Stories of the Land
Activity examples: Bird Language introduction, bird skits, shelter-building, intro to scouting, camouflage games, stealth challenges, or gnome homes

Fridays: Challenges and Celebrations
Activity examples: Challenges based on group passions, certifications, big hike, project completions, and stories of the week shared with families

kids running through the trees

Wondering if this camp is right for your child? Click here to find out.

Our instructional team features

  • 1:10 staff-student ratio
  • On-site director and volunteers who offer additional instructor support
  • Staff trained as Coyote Mentors, a widely-respected educational philosophy developed at the Wilderness Awareness School
  • Compassionate educators who encourage each child’s respect for self, others, and nature
  • Experienced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified professionals

*Please note that we WILL have camps on July 4th.

Location Date
St Edward State Park 6/24 – 6/28, 2024
7/1 – 7/5, 2024*
7/8 – 7/12, 2024
7/22 – 7/26, 2024
7/29 – 8/2, 2024
8/5 – 8/9, 2024
8/12 – 8/16, 2024
8/19 – 8/23, 2024
Cougar Mountain Park 6/24 – 6/28, 2024
7/1 – 7/5, 2024*
7/15 – 7/19, 2024
7/22 – 7/26, 2024
7/29 – 8/2, 2024
8/12 – 8/16, 2024
8/19 – 8/23, 2024
Seward Park 6/24 – 6/28, 2024
7/1 – 7/5, 2024*
7/8 – 7/12, 2024
7/15 – 7/19, 2024
7/22 – 7/26, 2024
8/5 – 8/9, 2024
8/12 – 8/16, 2024
8/19 – 8/23, 2024
Tolt MacDonald Park 6/ 24 – 6/28, 2024
7/8 – 7/12, 2024
8/5 – 8/9, 2024
Carnation Farms 8/19 – 8/23, 2024

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